Competitors join forces to meet sailors' needs from bow to stern

SAILING

October 04, 1992|By NANCY NOYES

The latest one-stop sailboat business has arrived at 21 Eastern Ave. on Back Creek in Eastport.

The result of some creative thinking by Annapolitans Paul Mikulski and Joe Evans, the new operation encompasses J/Boats Chesapeake, the new J/Boat dealer for the region, a J/World sailing school offering sailing instruction using J/22s and J/105s and J/Boat Charters.

It also includes the Annapolis Boat School, a multifaceted off-season educational center providing seminars and hands-on instruction.

As Mikulski and Evans said, the two men had been independently pursuing parallel concepts, when they realized they had been thinking alike, they were quick to team their ideas.

Mikulski has been one of the nation's top J/Boat salesmen, and )) Evans is president of J. Hamilton Yacht Co. Inc., a high-tech boat building and repair operation in Annapolis.

They said customers of both businesses had been encouraging each of them to investigate offering more comprehensive service, so it didn't take much to get them thinking about how to make it happen.

Both men said that key goals of the new multifaceted program are to make sailing more enjoyable on many levels and to bring new people into the sport.

"We want to get past this elitist attitude. We want to maximize sailing fun," Mikulski said. "We can teach you and your family, and our program is set up so that at any level from absolute novice to the most sophisticated sailor, you can enter at any point in the circle, whether it's to take basic sailing, charter a boat, buy a boat, or learn to service a boat."

Evans said that toward its aim of helping people better enjoy sailing, chartering or boat ownership, the new program's ability to offer selections from a university-like curriculum catalog is critical.

The J/World sailing school is to open in April.

For more information, call (410) 280-2038.

Navy wins sloop quarterfinal

The Naval Academy played host to and won the quarterfinal of the Intercollegiate Sloop Eliminations last weekend.

The top five teams qualified for the Mid-Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association Sloop Championships to be sailed Oct. 31-Nov. 1 at the Naval Academy.

Finishing first of the 12 teams competing in J/24s, Navy's skipper was Mid. 1/C Brad Rodi, the 1991-92 College Sailor of the Year, with crew including Midshipmen Dan Keck, Paul Kenney and Carl Smith.

Rounding out the top 10 were Georgetown, St. Mary's College of Maryland, Old Dominion, Christopher Newport, the University of Pennsylvania, Penn State, Delaware, Drexel and Lehigh.

The same weekend, Navy sailors also finished first in both divisions of the 18-team St. Mary's Invitational at St. Mary's City. St. Mary's and Georgetown were second and third, respectively.

Farther afield, Navy women finished first in the Hobart Women's Invitational, sailed in 4420s on Lake Seneca at Hobart College in Geneva, N.Y. Mid. 4/C Jenny Greenough and Mid. 3/C Collette (( McNeill were first in the B Division, with Mid. 2/C Angela Luzier and Mid. 3/C Nancy Delavan second in A Division.

Tempest Nationals

A five-race series at Severn Sailing Association last weekend decided this year's Tempest National Champion, Dave McComb Bolton Landing, N.Y.

Ten boats competed for the title, but McComb's finishes of 2-1-1-1-2 proved to be too strong for the competition by a substantial margin of more than 14 points under the Olympic scoring used for the regatta.

Sharing the course for the weekend was a fleet of seven Flying Dutchmen, sailing an invitational regatta of their own.

In this class, Guido Bertocci triumphed with a clean sweep of the series and a five-ace hand.

Tempest nationals

1. Dave McComb, Bolton Landing, N.Y., 6 (2-1-1-1-2); 2. Rene de la Rie, Washington, 20.1 (1-3-2-3-3); 3. Dave Duke, 25.4 (3-2-3-2-4); 4. Edgar Hoyt, Annapolis, 39.7 (5-5-4-6-1); 5. John Knechtle, Alexandria, Va., 55.4 (8-6-6-4-5).

Flying Dutchman Invitational

1. Guido Bertocci, Rockville, 0 (1-1-1-1-1); 2. Jeff Wrenn, 20.4 (2-3-2-3-2); 3. Andrew White, Chester, 34.7 (5-4-4-2-3).

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